Price paid: $ 529.99
Purchased from: Mundt music
Sound — 10
This guitar suits my style perfectly. It can get really hi-gain crunch, or almost Strat like tones on clean with the coil tap. it's acctually very versatile. I'm running it through a DigiTech EX-7 on the metal zone and univibe setting usually. For an amp, I'm using a Peavey Valveking, which has great cleans, but the distortion is a bit lacking in the gain department, so that's where the pedal comes in. With the coil tap engaged it's very bright, just a little hollow though. With it disengaged, it's very full and more mellow.
Overall Impression — 10
I mostly play alice in chains, which is pretty much a great way to identify how I play, soft bright clean and heavy ditortion. This guitar does perfectly in both. I own a Gibson SG faded, which is also a great guitar, but a little dark on the cleans, a Peavey valveking, the 4/12, a cube 30, and a Peavey blazer. I asked the guy at mundt music (my local music store) all about this guitar, so no problem there. If I lost this guitar I would get so pissed, definitely buyanother one when it comes out in march or april. So far everything is great, sound, function, action, everything. The floyd is probably my favorite feature, I've always wanted one just for versatility. It's got everything I would want, except, instead of having a locking nut, I would like locking tuners, just for easier tuning.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've only had this guitar for a few hours, but I've been playing the whole time, so in the sound and everything, I'm pretty sure, but for this part, it's kinda hard. But from what I can tell this guitar could definitely take some punishment. Ebony is a hard, dense wood that will not likely dent, ding etc. the hardware will totally last. I could definitely depend on this guitar in a gig situation, with no backup. It balances perfectly on a strap.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action was a little loose, but comfortable and with no fret buzz. The pickups are adjusted fine, the wood grain matches perfectly, and the guitar overall has no flaws that I've found yet.
Features — 9
Ok, this guitar was made in 2008 in Vietnam. It's not mass produced yet (as of Feb. 15, 2008). I am really lucky for finding one of the early ones. but on with the review, this guitar has 24 XL jumbo frets on an ebony fingerboard. It has a maple neck (through body), which really adds on to the sustain. The body is mahogany with an ebony top. for those of you Who are wondering ebony is more bright than mahogany, almost like alder tonally. The finish is see through gloss, so the wood grain kind of makes you look like your playing a table. The pickups have coil taps and are designed by emg & ESP, but I'm not sure of the models. It has a Floyd Rose style bridge, which can really let you do those divebombs, whines etc. with the greatest of ease. But it didn't come with any sort of case/bag so a nine on features.